A College Art Association Conference panel, presented by the Diasporic Asian Art Network
This panel seeks to think through the spectrum of theoretical and material positions between the hyphen and the slash by focusing on the construct “Asian/Americas” in relation to praxis and pedagogy. The slash challenges traditional notions of hyphenation, suggesting other possibilities for diasporic subjectivity. The plural “Americas” indicates the hemispheric extension beyond North America as well as the notion of multiple Americas. How can Asian Canadian, Asian American, and Asian Latin American Studies as well as Caribbean and Pacific Island Studies conceive of the hyphenated play of identities in visual culture to inform, engage, and partner with current transformative pedagogies?
Featuring: Alice Ming Wai Jim (chair, Concordia University), Alexandra Chang (discussant, A/P/A Institute at NYU), Richard Fung (OCAD University), Valerie Soe (San Francisco State University), and Beatrice Glow (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU).
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) is a network of scholars, artists, curators, arts writers, and graduate students interested in Asian American art and art history. DAAN hopes to encourage a broader transnational and trans-diasporic as well as domestic orientation. Whereas ʻAsian Americanʼ does refer specifically to the American, read U.S. experience, the network situates within the Asian diaspora, bringing the discussion to a ʻglobalʼ level that includes Asian American art. In our view, the American situation can only be invigorated and enriched by working with other Asian diasporas.
Image credit: Beatrice Glow, Installation view of illuminated lanterns from the “Aquarium from Austronesia” site-specific performance installation aboard a steamship in New York, 2012, photo by Ærtiron.
Alexandra Chang is Curator for Special Projects & Director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. She is also director of the ongoing Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange. Chang is co-organizer for the inter-institutional East Coast Asian American Art Project and the Virtual Asian American Art Museum Project. She serves as co-organizer for the Diasporic Asian Art Network and sits on the executive committee of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research. She is the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Arts Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie to the Barnstormers (2009).
Alice Ming Wai Jim is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Concordia University. Her main fields of research are in new media arts and contemporary Asian and Asian Canadian art from a global perspective. Her current projects include an essay on new media arts and human rights in China; a book manuscript on the ways in which Hong Kong has been represented in urban-themed international art exhibitions from 1997 to 2007 (research funded by FQRSC); and a SSRHC-funded study on the recent history of contemporary Chinese art exhibitions in relation to transnational urbanism, participatory media, and issues of cultural representation.
Beatrice Glow is a project-based artist who holds a Studio Art BFA from New York University. As a Fulbright Scholar to Perú (2008) researching Asian Diaspora, she published Taparaco Myth in English, Spanish, and Chinese, performed at Bienal DEFORMES 2008 of Chile, and exhibited Migratory Museum in Universidad Nacional de San Marcos (PE), Universidad Católica de Peru, Centro Cultural El Eje (CO), Museo de Bellas Artes de la Universidad Nacional (CO), and Enlace Arte Contemporáneo (PE). In New York, she has performed at El Museo del Barrio and created the “Aquarium from Austronesia” site-responsive installation on the Lilac Steamship Museum. She was the 2012 Emerging Artist Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. She participates in John Zorn’s Obsessions Collective and is a Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient (2013-2014).
Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and writer. His award winning tapes, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), and Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) have been widely exhibited and collected, and his essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is co-author, with Monika Kin Gagnon, of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics. He teaches in the faculty of art at OCADU University.
Valerie Soe is a writer and experimental videomaker living and working in San Francisco whose productions include Mixed Blood, Picturing Oriental Girls: A (Re) Educational Videotape, (Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival) and “ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME” (Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani; First Place, Experimental Category, Visions of U.S. Festival). Other awards include a James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, 1994 Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Art Commission, 1994 Art Matters Fellowship, and 1992 Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship. Her most recent video, Beyond Asiaphilia, is an experimental video that looks at miscegenation, lust, and Asian masculinity from a personal perspective, as filtered through the lens of Hong Kong movies.
Soe also writes art criticism and has been published in Afterimage, High Performance, Cinematograph, and The Independent, among others. She curated the exhibition Girl To Woman: Stories For The New Feminism at the University of California, Irvine’s Fine Arts Gallery and has programmed several shows at Artists’ Television Access and the San Francisco Cinematheque on teen videomakers. She is also on the Board of Directors for Film Arts Foundation and is a founding member of X-Factor, an experimental film and videomaker coalition. She chairs the Film/Video program at the California State Summer School for the Arts and is on faculty at San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department.